Tablets not replacing laptops yet, study says
A report from analysis firm ABI Research suggests that, despite their popularity, tablet computers are not yet ready to dethrone traditional laptops as the top portable computing device on the market.
The study, based on two consumer surveys, finds roughly one-third of respondents plan to purchase a laptop computer in the first half of 2012. Meanwhile, only about 14 percent of respondents say they have a tablet.
ABI Research consumer research group director Jeff Orr says people are simply holding onto their laptops longer these days. Though tablets are flying off the shelves, few people are using the devices as an all-out replacement for their traditional computers.
Sales trends do appear to be reversing, however, as the the tablet computer is gaining momentum while the laptop seems to be slowing down. According to ABI Research, laptop ownership climbed slowly during the last 12 months, increasing from 61 percent to 64 percent.
The study notes that the Ultrabook™ may be a boon to the slowing laptop market. This has been suggested by several industry experts, who say the lightweight, highly portable notebook will be a breath of fresh air in the market and will introduce cutting-edge designs and capabilities that are likely to attract consumers.